Shop Safe, Shop Local!

Masks on. Two metres apart. Supporting Local. 

This is what we like to see on Stony Plain Road! As the holidays approach, we wanted to reach out and let you know how you can support local while being safe during COVID-19. The last 8 months has been tough for everyone. And with COVID numbers on the rise in Edmonton, it may be tempting to stay home and online shop on large retail sites. While we totally get wanting to stay home, but there are many ways to support your local businesses from the comfort of your own home or without leaving the car. 

After things shut down in March and April, many Stony Plain Road & Area businesses took the time to switch to e-commerce (online shopping), curbside pickup, over-the-phone orders, and deliveries. Businesses are here to help you and they are just a phone call away during this trying time. 

So, remember this holiday season, to order take-out from your favourite local restaurant, pick up a craft from your local independant art store, or visit your neighbourhood deli for your holiday meals! 

Here at the Stony Plain Road & Area Business Association, we are proud of our businesses who have adhered to the AHS (Alberta Health Services) guidelines to provide a safe and sanitary shopping experience for customers and community members. If shopping in person is more your style, you can shop our diverse collection of businesses in person knowing that they have taken the proper measures to keep you safe during this pandemic. 

The businesses you choose to support right now, define what businesses are part of your community! Encourage your friends and family to try out your favourite local spot and share on social media! Giving a business that exposure can help a lot under normal circumstances, and can help tremendously during COVID-19. Don’t forget to tag us when you share our businesses on social media so we can also share!  

Tag us in your Stony Plain Road business pics!

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Edmonton Economic Recovery Grant

Edmonton Economic Recovery Grant for Businesses

Calling all businesses! Have you applied for the Edmonton Economic Recovery Grant yet? The Edmonton Economic Recovery Grant is available to help Edmonton businesses recover from COVID-19. It provides local businesses and business organizations with flexible funding in order to relaunch and strengthen their business models. 

Since the launch in June, the City has provided $445,000 in matching funds to 417 businesses. The money had supported the relaunch and strengthening of their business models as they recover from COVID-19. For full program details please visit: Edmonton Business Grants.

Several retailers have embraced online retail, using funds to improve their hardware and software systems. This has allowed them to pivot their business models to add new revenue streams through e-commerce. 

Consumers are starting to prepare for Black Friday and holiday shopping. This means a business owner’s marketing may need a refresh. A person could use grant funding to refresh their website, expand marketing efforts (run ads online, in print, etc) or refresh their product lines. Any of these business pivots would be great ways for a business to launch into a successful Q4. 

The City Edmonton wants to spread the word that they have made several changes to the administration of the grant. Going forward, businesses may apply for the grant at any time. Applicants should expect to be contacted by the City within 2 weeks of applying. They will contact all applicants whether their application was successful or not. 

If a business is unsuccessful with an application, they can absolutely reapply. This will provide flexibility to change an application if a business needs change, or if the application did not contain sufficient detail to justify an award decision. Remember, applications need to clearly identify what the grant will be spent on, the outcomes of this, and how this relates to COVID-19. 

Grants will be awarded based on a weekly budget of $65,000. The number of grants issued per week may vary depending on the number of eligible applicants they receive, most grants are $1,000. In order to ensure they target funds to viable businesses, the City is requiring businesses to match their contribution. Successful applicants will be required to submit receipts and/or invoices within 90 days to show how the funding was spent. 

Eligible costs include: goods or services purchased for the use identified in your application. The grant cannot be used for rent/lease/mortgage, payroll, membership fees, permit fees, debt reduction, retroactive costs, insurance, and other similar expenses. 

The City remains committed to making this grant program agile and responsive to the needs of the local business community. If you have any questions or concerns about the grant please reach out to